As a parent, have you really taken a look at your medicine cabinet lately? I mean, really looked at it? How out of date is that first aid cream? Do your Band-Aids even stick? Time to toss expired and old stuff and purchase items that you really need to have on hand in an emergency.
Evansville’s Dr. Mom has a list of 15 items you need to have in your medicine cabinet right now.
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1. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a must-have item for fever. Ask your doctor for the correct dosage for your child at his next checkup so you don’t have to call in the middle of the night.
2. Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) is another alternative for fever control. It has anti-inflammatory properties that also make it a good choice for treating muscle aches and pains.
3. Hydrocortisone cream can be used to soothe many types of skin problems from sunburn and bug bites to eczema and poison ivy.
4. Antibiotic ointments are essential for skinned knees and other minor scrapes and are available in over-the-counter or prescription forms.
5. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is important to have on hand to treat allergic reactions. It can decrease swelling and itching from bug bites and other skin rashes.
6. Pedialyte or Gatorade is nice to have on the shelf when the stomach bug strikes to prevent a vomiting child from becoming dehydrated.
7. A pair of quality tweezers can be used to remove ticks and splinters.
8.A digital thermometer is the most accurate way to track your child’s temperature, although a mother can usually diagnose a child’s fever just by touch.
9. Bandages, because every parent knows that the proper bandage, correctly and lovingly placed, will usually reduce boo-boo pain by at least 50 percent. Be sure to stock a variety of shapes and sizes. (Glitter is optional.)
10. Sunscreen, because winter can turn into summer almost overnight. Keep it on hand for outdoor fun.
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